Getting to Salisbury

Access ideas

This is Simple. Train, bus or road

Getting to Salisbury is simple which makes it such a useful centre as a tourist base or just for a short break. With its plentiful water, Salisbury has been a cross roads for centuries. Before the advent of modern transport not only the traveller needed water but so did the horses that carried and pulled them.

By Rail

Two train lines serve the city from the station in South Western Road. Trains run from Waterloo Station in London to Exeter. Another line runs from Portsmouth to Cardiff, a pleasant cross country run stopping at many delightful places along the way - actually not a bad idea for a short break!

You could also try Virgin Trains. One can get some rather good deals at times.

By bus

Another great idea for an inexpensive short break or day out would be to ride the bright red Wilts & Dorset buses  to such places as Winchester, Bournemouth, Romsey, Southampton and many more. No advance booking needed and tickets are not too expensive. A timetable can be found online on their website. While you are there check out the Dayrider tickets and Keys, very useful.

Park & Ride

Traffic these days along these major routes is very heavy, particularly the A36. There are four Park & Ride facilities:

Beehive on the A345 to the north of the city. 400 parking places. Bus 501 to the city.

Wilton in the west of the city on The Avenue. 420 parking spaces. Bus 502 to the city.

Britford to the south along the A338. 486 parking spaces. Bus 503 to the city. There is a dedicated area in this park where there are no height restricts for vehicles.

London Road for the A30 from the north east. 380 parking spaces, Bus 504 to the city.

Petersfinger for the A36, from the south east. 650 parking spaces, Bus 505 to the city.

Look at the Park and Ride website for the latest information.

The Roads

Getting to Salisbury by road is easy from whichever direction you are travelling! Check out the park & ride options above as well.

That very ancient highway, the Great South West Road, from London to Lands End aka the A30, runs as it always has through Salisbury. For its first thirty or so miles the road is known by its modern name of the M3.

Responsible for a lot of the traffic in Salisbury is the A36 which connects Southampton and Bath, then on to Bristol via the A4 – thereby connecting two major ports. Through Salisbury it follows the Ring Road.

Another through route is the ninety mile long A338 which runs from the centre of Bournemouth to the little village of Besselsleigh just south of Oxford where it meets the A420.

A road which terminates, or starts in Salisbury is the A354 which goes to Portland in Dorset.

Stonehenge and Old Sarum can be reached via the A345 which runs from Salisbury to Marlborough via Amesbury. For Old Sarum follow the A345 for about two miles and turn right on to Portway. The site is located on Castle Road. For Stonehenge continue along the A345 to the junction of the A303, turn left along the A303 and follow the signs.

Coming from overseas?

Getting to Salisbury is simple and so is coming in from overseas. There are several options by plane or sea, then by road or rail.

Besides the airports at Heathrow and Gatwick there are three local airports, Southampton and Bristol plus the smaller, but rapidly expanding short haul airport at Bournemouth.

By sea – Cross Channel ferries come into Portsmouth, then by train or National Express direct to Salisbury.

Remember the journey is part of the holiday!

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View from a window in Salisbury Cathedral
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Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably even find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Please note that National Express coach services have been suspended due to the current pandemic.

Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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